19 items from 2013
Stats for the 2013 ratings year confirm that Australian audiences continue to overwhelmingly prefer home grown shows to Us and British imports.
The bad news for the free-to-air broadcasters was that collectively their share of the 16-54 audience dropped by 3% and their primary channels were down by about 6%.
ABC-tv ended the ratings year as the number 3 network with a prime-time share of 14.6% (up from 13.6%).
The most popular sports event was Seven.s Afl Grand Final, which drew an average of 2.7 million viewers and 2.47 million for the post-match presentations.
- Don Groves
The actor is set to shoot a pilot for the network playing a character who is far removed from Dave Rafter, the decent, salt-of-the-earth family man who loved sport and 1980s music.
Thomson will play the title character in Hartman as a brilliant but flawed, over-sexed surgeon with an unfortunate bedside manner.
Shooting will start in Melbourne later this month, produced by Southern Star Entertainment. If understands Paul Moloney, a director-producer whose credits include Winners & Losers, City Homicide, Bed of Roses and Home and Away, will work on the project.
The pilot will also feature a female Gp, a local cop and a female vigneron. If it.s picked up the series would probably start shooting in the second half of next year.
Rebecca Gibney, who played Dave.s »
- Don Groves
A documentary series on the history of the Australian continent, makeover series Bringing Sexy Back and a crime show starring Rebecca Gibney are among the highlights of the Seven Network.s 2014 line-up.
The previously announced miniseries Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs and new seasons of The X Factor; My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, The Amazing Race Australia and Dancing with the Stars are among the other local shows which the network is counting on to continue its run of seven straight years as the primetime ratings leader.
Essential Media & Entertainment will produce Australia: The Story of Us, which will use CGI and dramatic re-enactments to chronicle the history of the Australian people, places and events from the first footprints to the present day.
Bringing Sexy Back is a makeover series which aims to transform ordinary Australians into something extraordinary. It.s an original Seven format being produced in-house. »
- Don Groves
She.ll play the leader of a task force that.s sent to a country town to investigate a shocking crime.
- Don Groves
A large part of the charm of the original Thor was its faithfulness to the incredibly out-there, just-slightly goofy universe of the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby-created comic books. That fidelity meant the film made room for much of the comics’ wonderful supporting cast – something that may have made Thor a little overstuffed, but increased its fun and vitality in the same equation.
It looks as if the same track is being taken by the upcoming sequel, Thor: The Dark World. Packed to the rafters with new and returning characters straight from the comics, moviegoers may end up wanting a primer before going into the viewing ...
Click to continue reading ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Official Character Descriptions – Meet Malekith, Kurse, & More!
- Kyle Hembree
Australian filmmaker Greg Mclean's "Wolf Creek" sequel only went into production earlier this year, so the race to get the film ready for its world premiere in Venice over the weekend was a tight one.
They made it though, the film scored good reviews from various trades in attendance. The follow-up to the 2005 original sees John Jarratt reprising his role as outback serial killer Mick Taylor, this time stalking a new set of victims including rising young Australian actor Ryan Corr ("Packed to the Rafters").
Despite the premiere, the film won't be hitting theaters for a while with an Australian release currently slated for February. No word on release dates in other parts of the world as yet.
The first behind-the-scenes footage from the feature appeared on a news broadcast last week and can be seen online below. The story reveals that despite the film being set in Western Australia, »
- Garth Franklin
Anchor Bay Entertainment is set to release the second season of Magic City on DVD and Blu-ray November 5th. From creator/writer and executive producer Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Scrooged), executive producer Geyer Kosinski (Changeling, The Astronaut Farmer), co-executive producers Fred Berner (Pollock) and Colin Callender (“The White Queen”) comes all 8 intense new episodes of the steamy drama, plus some very cool bonus features. The Blu-ray will have a suggested retail price of $54.99 and $44.98 for the DVD. Magic City: The Complete Second Season stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Texas Killing Fields), Golden Globe® nominee Danny Huston (Hitchcock), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Jessica Marais (“Packed to the Rafters”), Steven Strait (City Island), Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction), Kelly »
- Patrick Luce
Viewers shocked – but not surprised – as Ten drama kills off Nina's partner in a heavily trailed, gut-wrenching episode
How are you? Are you coping? Did you take personal leave from work today? I jest, but only slightly, because if my social media feeds and workplace conversations are anything to go by, much of the nation is clearly grieving – and possibly over the death of a quality TV show as well as a favourite character.
Viewers were left shocked – but not surprised, thanks to excessive "who will Nina lose?" promos – when a beloved main character was killed off in Channel Ten's hit series Offspring on Wednesday night.
In the end it was Patrick (played by Matthew Le Nevez), partner to the show's endlessly tormented protagonist Nina (Asher Keddie) and the father of her unborn child, who was dispatched in TV drama's favourite manner, a car accident.
Patrick joined the hallowed halls »
- Helen Davidson
Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs tunes up in Melbourne next week with a cast that blends newcomers and seasoned pros.
The four-hour miniseries for the Seven Network is the first drama from Shine Australia. The screenplay by Justin Monjo and Dave Warner is billed as the uncensored story of the iconic band.s rise to the top of the international charts and the aftermath of dealing with frontman Michael Hutchence.s death in 1997.
The band.s manager Cm Murphy is an executive producer and the filmmakers have been granted full access to their archive of music, photography and stories.
Luke Arnold, who stars as Long John Silver in the Michael Bay-produced pirate adventure series Black Sails for the Us network Starz, will play Hutchence. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, his credits include McLeod's Daughters, Rush, Rescue: Special Ops, City Homicide »
- Don Groves
Upcoming TV series A Place to Call Home has become the first Australian drama to be shot exclusively with the Sony F65 camera.
The decision to shoot with the high-end F65 was made by cinematographer John Stokes Acs, who had previously used the camera on a TV commercial and been impressed with its picture quality.
.We tested the F65 by using it in the real world,. Stokes said in a statement. .The main reason for this was that we knew the cameras would be used to shoot a lot of scenes against windows with very high contrast and we had to know they were up to the job. On set I.m delighted to say the F65s performed exceptionally well in all areas . over-exposure, under-exposure and high-dynamic range. I also particularly like the mechanical shutter..
- Brendan Swift
Susan Prior ("Puberty Blues"), Gillian Jones ("Packed to the Rafters") and David Field ("Chopper") have all joined the cast of "Animal Kingdom" direct David Michod's near future dystopian thriller "The Rover".
Set in Australia twenty years from now, Guy Pearce plays a man who has left every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his final possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous American criminals, he sets out to track them down.
A seven-week shoot commenced last week in regional South Australia. »
- Garth Franklin
My Kitchen Rules continued to plough through rival programs last night, again topping 2m capital city viewers, keeping Nine’s The Block: All Stars at bay while completely dominating rival Ten cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals.
MasterChef: The Professionals fell to just 533,000 viewers, running 20th for the night overall according to preliminary OzTAM figures.
It did slightly better in the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics, running eighth and 13th respectively.
The Block: All Stars had 952,000 viewers to run ninth overall, but fourth in both 16-39s and 18-49s.
The Mkr juggernaut propelled Seven to win the night with a 31.7% share, with Nine on 19%, Ten 11.9% and the ABC1 11.8%.
Packed To The Rafters continued its comeback, running second with 1.547 million.
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- Marcus Casey
Talk about a really long road. News has arrived hot off the wire that Wolf Creek 2 has begun shooting and all the necessary pieces are in place to recapture the bloody magic of the sensational original film! Finally!
From the Press Release
John Jarratt once again steps out as the hauntingly sadistic Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek 2, which began principal photography last week. Shooting in South Australia, the film also stars Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), Shannon Ashlyn (Puberty Blues, Devil's Dust), and Philipe Klaus (Devil's Dust, Rake).
Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel starts production seven years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally.
- Uncle Creepy
The sequel to Australia’s highest grossing R-rated film ever has started production in South Australia after long delays.
It will be a welcome relief to Mclean after the film struggled to get off the ground due to financing issues. In 2011 private investor Geoffrey Edelsten agreed to $5m investment but was later accused of failing to honour his commitment.
In a counter-suit, Edelsten claimed he was misled into being the major private investor.
The film was back on track by September but Edelsten has not returned as an investor in the project.
- Colin Delaney
Wolf Creek 2 has started principal photography in South Australia, with John Jarratt once again stepping into the role of sadistic serial killer Mick Taylor. The sequel comes seven years after the original horror feature hit screens internationally and enjoyed great commercial success, despite mixed reviews. Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel, with the exception of Jarratt, features a brand new cast of exciting Australian talent. .It.s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor. We.ve assembled a phenomenal cast and crew who are all working incredibly hard to deliver an even more thrilling ride than the first movie. It.s bigger, badder and should be a wild experience for audiences all over the world., said Mclean. »
- Emily Blatchford
Australia’s major TV and film awards ceremony has scored an A-list presenter, with the late announcement that Russell Crowe is to host the event.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards will take place for the second time on Wednesday.
The high profile actor’s involvement will also come as a boost for Network Ten, which will air the ceremony later that night.
The event will take place in front of 1000 people at The Sar Event centre in Sydney. Other big TV and film names attending include Hugo Weaving, Rove McManus, Rebecca Gibney, Deborah Mailman, Lachy Hulme, Matt LeNevez and Shane Jacobsen.
In addition to the Aacta Awards in Sydney, »
The ABC has begun production of a new legal series which will showcase the talent of Australia’s acting talent pool.
Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish, Crownies) returns as Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King in the title role of the powerful new eight hour mini-series for ABC1, which begins production today.
Joining the cast are Vince Colosimo (Underbelly, The Great Gatsby) as Chief Superintendent Jack Rizzoli, and Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Brothers In Arms, The Time of Our Lives) as Owen Mitchell, a rising star prosecutor – each crucial in Janet’s campaign to expose the truth behind a shocking murder that strikes at the very heart of the justice system.
Also appearing in the compelling high stakes legal thriller are John Howard (Fury Road, Packed to the Rafters, All Saints), Sonia Todd (Rake, Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters), Jessica Napier (Sea Patrol, McLeod’s Daughters), Deborah Kennedy (Rake, »
- Marcus Casey
ABC Crownies spin-off, Janet King, has started production.
Joining the cast are Vince Colosimo (Underbelly) as chief superintendent Jack Rizzoli and Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly) as rising star prosecutor Owen Mitchell..Other new cast members include John Howard (Packed to the Rafters), Sonia Todd (Rake), Jessica Napier (Sea Patrol), Deborah Kennedy (Rake) and Tiriel Mora (Rake).
Former Crownies cast members who are returning include Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch, Andrea Demetriades, Peter Kowitz, Christopher Morris, Indiana Evans, Jeanette Cronin, Aimee Pedersen and Lewis Fitz-Gerald.
The series is being produced by Screentime for the ABC.
Screentime.s executive chairman, Des Monaghan said: .Screentime is delighted that the strength of this production has attracted such an outstanding calibre of cast, to realise characters both new and returning. They will »
- Brendan Swift
Ten will broadcast the evening Aacta Awards on Wednesday January 30. The ceremony was last year broadcast on the Nine Network.
Australia’s top film and television Awards are set to be broadcast on Network Ten, it was announced today.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) Awards, a continuum of the Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI Awards) which have recognised screen excellence in Australia for 55 years, will be broadcast on Network Ten on Wednesday 30 January 2013.
- Colin Delaney
19 items from 2013
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